By Rick Reeno
BoxingScene.com has heard strong rumors that Showtime's Super Six doubleheader for April 17 is possibly going to move to April 24. The doubleheader would feature Andre Ward defending his WBA title against Allan Green, and Carl Froch defending his WBC title against Mikkel Kessler in Denmark.
While the exact reason for the date switch has not been confirmed, I can safely assume that HBO's counter-programming for April 17 is playing a role in Showtime's decision to move the date. HBO booked their own doubleheader for April 17, with Kelly Pavlik defending his middleweight titles against Sergio Martinez, and Lucian Bute defending his IBF super middleweight title against Edison Miranda.
From what I was told, Ward's promoter Dan Goossen is not happy with the possible switch to April 24. Goossen's heavyweight Chris Arreola is headlining an HBO televised card on the same night. Goossen wants to be in attendance for Arreola's fight, which is likely going to be against Tomasz Adamek.
Showtime's VP of sports programming, Ken Hershman, is not feeling a lot of sympathy these days because two of the promoters involved with the Super Six doubleheader were also instrumental in making the HBO doubleheader possible.
Multiple sources told me Hershman was quite upset at promoter Lou DiBella, who promotes Green, for finalizing a deal with Top Rank for the Pavlik-Martinez HBO headliner. Hershman was equally upset with Goossen, who promotes Miranda, for finalizing the deal to fight Bute in the HBO co-feature. Both promoters were in a tough spot. If they turned those opportunities down, they wouldn't be acting in the best interests of their fighters.
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